THE WINNING OF OLWEN 363
nor whether he is living or dead, and though thou find him yet the boar will never be slain save only with the sword of Gwrnach the giant, and if thou obtain it not neither shalt thou obtain my daughter.'
' Horses shall I have, and knights from my lord Arthur. And I shall gain thy daughter, and thou shalt lose thy life.'
The speech of Kilwch the son of Kilydd with Yspaddaden Penkawr was ended.
Then Arthur's men set forth, and Kilwch with them, and journeyed till they reached the largest castle in the world, and a black man came out lo meet them.
' Whence comest thou, O man ? ' asked they, ' and whose is that castle ? '
' That is the castle of Gwrnach the giant, as all the world knows,' answered the man, ' but no guest ever returned thence alive, and none may enter the gate except a craftsman, who brings his trade.' But little did Arthur's men heed his warning, and they went straight to the gate.
' Open ! ' cried Gwrhyr.
' I will not open,' replied the porter.
' And wherefore ? ' asked Kai.
' The knife is in the meat, and the drink is in the horn, and there is revelry in the hall of Gwrnach the giant, and save for a craftsman who brings his trade the gate will not be opened to-night.'
' Verily, then, I may enter,' said Kai, ' for there is no better burnisher of swords than I.'
' This will I tell Gwrnach the giant, and I will bring thee his answer.'
' Bid the man come before me,' cried Gwrnach, when the porter had told his tale, ' for my sword stands much in need of polishing,' so Kai passed in and saluted Gwrnach the giant.